Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour For Paparazzzi, the second instalment in Jo Fenton’s Becky White series.
A stalker. A popstar’s family murdered. A terrified photographer.
It’s thirty years since Becky White joined the police. Now, six months after leaving the force, she is suffering from PTSD, when an old friend turns up with a tempting offer.
Following the creation of The White Knight Detective Agency, their first client is a press photographer – a member of the Paparazzi – a young woman with a mysterious and troublesome stalker.
But as the case develops, Becky and Joanna find themselves embroiled in murder. When they are unable to prevent further deaths, their investigation takes them down an unexpected path.
But can they trust their instinct? And will they identify the killer in time to save a child’s life?
Paparazzi, the second instalment in the bestselling Becky White Thriller series. takes you on a journey into the deceptive world of superstars – and those who follow them!
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This was my first book by Jo Fenton and I hadn’t realised that this is the second book in a series featuring Becky White. Having said that, it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book, following the events or seeing the main character development. It felt more like the beginning of a new series focussing on the White Knight Detective Agency (such a great name for this sort of business ).
The book starts with a bang. Becky drops a vase (remember how they all tell you a good book should show, not tell, here we see what Becky’s PTSD means for her daily life) and there’s a bang on the door. Enter Joanna Knight, Becky’s friend from…about thirty years ago. Since they lost contact ages ago, Joanna hasn’t been privy to all the changes in Becky’s tormented life, including her leaving the police force. Joanna’s life hasn’t been all plain sailing either. Now she has a wonderful idea of setting up a detective agency. Despite a minor issue of Becky’s husband having quite an extreme reaction to Joanna popping up on their doorstep and another minor issue of Becky still recovering from the traumatic events that happened six months before, the unlikely duo get their first client in no time at all. Both of them agree murder cases are for the police, but investigating a case of a photographer who feels she might be being stalked should be right up the White Knight street. As far as good intentions go, these don’t work out at all, as no sooner have they taken the cases, dead bodies begin to pile up and Becky and Joanna need all their wits around them to figure out who the mysterious killer is.
I’m really partial to books with protagonists who are slightly older (Becky and Joanna are about fifty) and I think it’s great that this age category is getting more representation. Part of Becky’s success as an investigator is her intuition based on her life experience. She is also very perceptive and considerate and my heart went to her when I read how challenging daily struggle with PTSD was. I enjoyed getting to know the families of our protagonists and seeing how personal relationships can influence investigative work.
This was a very quick read, easy to start and finish in one day, with short chapters and engaging writing style. I’d probably classify it as a cozy thriller or a good old whodunnit, although Becky’s daughter Cheryl is dealing with a very modern issue and it was quite reassuring to see how Becky and her friend/ former colleague from the police quickly reacted to prevent further harm.
Jo Fenton’s fans are going to be very happy with this second book in the series and it’s definitely not too late to start following Becky White and Joanna Knight’s investigations.
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, the publisher and the author for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire, UK. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.
Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.
When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.
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I like the covers of both those books.
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Very interesting aesthetics!
They are quite stark….
This sounds like an interesting series. I agree, from your review, it sounds like the beginning of a series. I am definitely intrigued by this one. Great review Toni.
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I’m really interested in reading the next one to see where the author is going to go with the series. Becky isn’t exact a regular PI.
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